Join Date: May 2005
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I have an original Kindle reader which I've had for ages - over the years I've updated to a Fire 7" and recently a Fire 8" (now trying to persuade Mrs B to use the 7 so that we don't need to lug dozens of books with us when we go on holiday as I now have many hundreds of ebooks). Note that all the books can also be read on a laptop, tablet or smartphone by downloading the app.
The Fires are great as tablets and also for reading in bed as they don't need a light; however they are almost useless for reading outdoors in bright sunlight, so my old faithful Kindle still gives sterling service by the pool.
So my advice for the uses you envisage, Geoff, would be to go for one of the current range of Kindle/Paperwhite/Oasis models rather than a Fire
Most of the books I have were either free or 99p mainly from Amazon. As a member of Prime I can also 'borrow' an ebook a month for free. Since amassing this collection, which includes many of my favourite classic authors' complete works (most of which were free), we have been able to clear out dozens of bookshelves at home, to the benefit of several local charity shops.
jiwawa, is there an on/off slider switch on the bottom of your device? There is on my original Kindle and I found it sometimes turned itself off for no apparent reason. I eventually worked out that the slider switch was catching on my belt buckle!